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Monday, December 31, 2012
3:46 PM | Posted by Megan Knowles |
Hello everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas! I have been promising a giveaway and the time has come for me to host my first one with the help from the lovely Jennifer Laurens. Jennifer did an interview with me and is offering one lucky winner her newest book, Grace Doll! This is the first of many great giveaways I will be having so make sure to keep up with my blog, you never know what you might win! :)
For the purposes of this giveaway, you are only required to do two things: follow my blog and follow Jennifer Laurens(these will be checked)! The rest can be extra entries for you! Spread the word about the giveaway to make sure you get extra entries :) Good luck!
A little bit about Jennifer...
I write YA books. Whatever my heart desires, I write. I don't have someone over my shoulder, in some office somewhere telling me what I can and cannot write. Or should and shouldn't write. I listen to my heart, the center of my muse, and trust my instincts.
I've written since junior high school. An only child, I grew up writing big stories about big families. I also write YA under the name of JM Warwick. My hometown of Palos Verdes, California figures in much of my work, as does my current home of Pleasant Grove, Utah and other favorite places. I love to travel.
They say "write what you know" and I do. I am a mother, I have six children, five cats and a huge doberman/dane dog. I have a supportive husband and we've been married 25 years. Our lives, though challenging with a handicapped child who has autism, are centered in our family.
My life experiences have worked into all of my novels. Some more heavily than others, but parts of me are in each story. I love stories rich in family drama, where family members overcome obstacles through love and miracles.
Jennifer also participated in an interview for readers to learn a little more about her :)
What made you pursue a career in writing? I wrote my first books in junior high school, so I've always enjoyed writing as a hobby. But it wasn't until 12 years ago, when my teenage girls wanted to read romances without explicit sex that I took up writing seriously again. My girls were my muse then, and Falling for Romeo and Magic Hands were both based on real life incidents that happened in their lives.
What is your favorite book you have written? I love them all, I can't pick a favorite ( typical 'mother' answer!! )
What is your all time favorite book? Again, I have a dozen all-time favs I read and re-read but the tie goes to Honest Illusions by Nora Roberts and Endless Love by Scott Spencer. Both authors' writing is spot on in those books.
What is the best advice anyone has ever given you? Family first, everything else after.
How do you feel about book reviews? Both good and bad? I don't read book reviews. I write for myself first, to fulfill a creative and personal desire to create. What I write is organic. If someone doesn't like it, that's their opinion but it's only an opinion and it doesn't weigh in on something creative like art. All art is subjective.
Can you see yourself as any of your characters? There's always pieces of me in all of my characters and stories.
What can we expect next? Are you planning anything in the near future? I'm taking a break. Over the last 12 years I've written 18 books ( some of which won't see the light of day ) nevertheless, they were work, just like all of my other books and I'm needing to step back.
If writing would not have worked out what is your dream job? Being a mother was always my first choice. I have 6 children and am grateful for the countless graces I've learned being a stay-at-home mom. That said, I always had something I did for me, even when I was home every day. I painted, made porcelain dolls, had a muffin business...always something that took me away ( even if I was at home ) for a few minutes every day and allowed me some creative fulfillment.
What do you want readers to experience with your books? I write to entertain and bring enjoyment.
Print or ebook? Both. I have a Nook and love it.
Pet peeves? Icy roads! bad haircuts!
Hobbies? Travel, shopping, cooking, miniatures, dolls, dollhouses, interior decorating.
Hidden talents? Don't tell anyone but I sing opera :)
Favorite food? Unfortunately, I adore ALL food.
Favorite movie? Right now? SKYFALL
Favorite tv show? 666 Park Avenue ROCKS.
Twitter or Facebook? Both!
Mac or PC? Both! ( I have both, and love them for different reasons ) I admit, I'm a computer junkie.
Zombies or Vampires? Vamps!
Want to learn more about Jennifer? Make sure to check out her blog at jenniferlaurens.blogspot.com
Now onto the fun part...the giveaway! Up for grabs is Grace Doll by Jennifer Laurens
Grace Doll had everything a girl could want: Fame. Fortune. Beauty. Everything except her freedom. So when a powerful movie producer forces an experimental treatment on Grace--one that's purported to make beauty immortal--she stages her own death to escape him. With the help of trusted friends, Grace slips into hiding. She's forever flawless. Forever young, and forever pursued by her past. But when a stranger arrives on her doorstep, holding the key to a life she thought she'd left behind, Grace must decide between the safety she's known...and embracing the role she was born to play.
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